D3’s 5th Lair @PSP

D3 @PSP has made great progress and received great praise for the teens’ work in 2014! Currently we are in the Plan It Out phase of the On The Move project to redesign a TV lounge into the teens’ new work space. The teens have submitted three proposals, including a final proposal, to PSP’s management team. The feedback from management has been very positive and the teens have developed creative ways to compromise with building policies.

Imagining our new furniture fitting in to how we use our workspace.

Imagining our new furniture fitting in to how we use our workspace.

Now that we have a designated space for Teen Programming we really want the teens to take ownership of their space – and they are on board! In a session run off site by our friends at JOYCE ad agency the teens went through a process to develop a name for their new work space. Hearing the teens talk about D3 was a rewarding treat! They likened D3 to a secret society within PSP. Because the TV lounge will remain a public space before and after Teen Programming, the teens are using a storage closet to hide their things while they are gone and bring them out when they are in the program, so the teens in the program are the only people in the building who really know what their workspace will look like. After a few rounds of voting on dozens of ideas the teens have dubbed their new space…
To follow the no curtain policy and limit distractions through the windows to the hallway the teens used tape and dry erase markers to plan out window frosting designs. We had a lot of fun creating this solution!
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The teens identified early on that they need a workspace that is more inspiring. By brainstorming sources of inspiration the teens narrowed down a big list of quotes and sayings to just a few that will be painted on the walls. In one session the teens used Xacto knives (some for their first time!!) to cut letters out of contact paper for stencils to paint their chosen quotes on the walls. Everyone was getting very excited about feeling so much closer to actually painting! Each day they’ve asked, “Are we going to paint today?!” and, pending the final “go ahead,” next week the answer may finally be “YES! DO IT!”
Cutting out inspirationIMG_0713
Emily found a local artist to help us out with another painting piece. The teens want to paint a graffiti style phrase and/or image on the inside of the double doors to the room. Bryce has offered to paint a design pro bono if we supply the paint. We shared his website portfolio with the teens and they are pumped to see this guy’s design in action! To give Bryce some direction the teens drew out some of their ideas, favorite color combinations, and words they use to describe D3 @PSP!
Our weekly volunteer Alex gave the teens a great demonstration on how to draw stylized letters and give them some character and flare. The teens really dove into this and limited themselves to straight, even, block letters, and then went in to more stylized letters. This is when the teens are able to show us, rather than tell us, their ideas. They did great working through Alex’s process of building letters.
Now, we are crossing our fingers for the final approval! We are pretty confident though that by using the D3 process to communicate our ideas and considering management’s feedback our final proposal will get a green light! Next week will be the teens favorite part of the process, getting to Do It!
Dream It Design It Do It

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The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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